The Director of Programmes at Pledge Ghana, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Mr Joe N Nabin says the outfit feels fulfilled as an institution when it is able to put smiles on the faces of children and women, particularly those who are needy and under-privileged.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper after presenting some school bags, uniforms, pairs of shoes, pencils and pens to about 100 pupils at the Adako-Jachie M/A Primary and JHS School in the Ejisu Municipality on Wednesday morning, Mr Nabin said Pledge Ghana, an affiliate of UNICEF takes delight in helping needy children get access to basic items to attend school.
The mandate of his outfit, he disclosed endeared it to UNICEF who are partnering to ensure they give support to about 2, 600 needy children in ten (10) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) drawn from the Ashanti and Upper West regions of the country.
The focus and primary target of Pledge Ghana, the Programmes Director intimated is to combat all forms of child labor and poverty in deprived communities in the country.
‘’We at Pledge Ghana are committed to using our partnership with UNICEF, a world body responsible for the education of children to provide care and support for the needy at all times’’, Mr Nabin posited.
SOCIAL WELFARE REPRESENTATIVE:
Speaking to this reporter after the presentation ceremony, Madam Barbara Solaga, Assistant Social Welfare Officer for Ejisu commended Pledge Ghana for the initiative.
She noted that her Department takes delight in the empowerment of children, women and the needy in the society.
Such initiatives like what Pledge Ghana has begun, she noted would therefore ensure that the less privileged in deprived communities have basic items and the means to encourage wards to attend school.
She disclosed that the Department supervises and monitors the activities that happen in schools to ensure it can provide support to particularly those who are needy.
‘’We are happy Pledge Ghana decided to launch out this initiative to support the needy and vulnerable in the society and we pray that more efforts are expended by similar groups to augment government’s effort’’. Madam Barbara noted.
Madam Rebecca Danso, Headmistress for the Kindergarten and Primary School expressed her appreciation to Pledge Ghana for the presentation.
She intimated that some of the children in the Adako-Jachie community come to school in torn clothes.
She revealed that but for the food the children take in school due to the school feeding programme by government many of them would have absented themselves from school.
The donation by Pledge Ghana, she noted was timely and requested that others also come to the aid of the school so they can have more spaces to accommodate the over 680 pupils who are on the two stream school system.
‘’I plead that just like Pledge Ghana has done other like-minded institutions including well-to do indigenes also show up to help us put up school buildings to accommodate the large numbers that come to this school. At least two six-unit classroom block can take care of our challenges’’, Madam Danso with a teary eye pleaded.
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